How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

By Karen Bridgers; Updated April 24, 2017
Make your own nectar to feed birds

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar. This formula is appropriate for both hummingbird and oriole feeders. Experts believe that it closely approximates the sweetness and consistency of the nectar naturally found in flowers.

Mix 1/4 c. sugar and 1 c. water in a cup or jar.

Stir briskly with a spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Pour the mixture into a clean hummingbird or oriole feeder.

Cover any unused nectar and refrigerate for up to five days.

Tip

Mixing nectar in a measuring cup allows easy pouring into feeders. Change nectar in feeders every five to seven days - more often in warm weather. Be sure all utensils are clean and dry before making nectar. For larger feeders, simply increase water and sugar using a ratio of four parts water to one part sugar.

Warning

Artificial dyes, honey and sugar other than white table sugar should not be used in nectar feeders. Avoid hanging feeders in direct sunlight, which will cause nectar to spoil more quickly.

About the Author

Karen Bridgers started with eHow in 1998 as a writer. In 1981, she launched her professional career with a weekly column in the Santa Barbara News-Press called "Bird Watch". Sharing her love for birds and birding has been a commitment for more than 25 years, and her column is still a weekly feature in the local newspaper. In addition, Karen has done a lot of travel writing, and co-authored the first edition of the "Insider's Guide to Santa Barbara", which was published in 1999.